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    press charges in a passive voice

    How do I put "to press charges" in a passive voice to ask a person if they have ever been held legally accountable? Have you ever been pressed charges?

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    Re: press charges in a passive voice

    Have charges ever been pressed against you?

    Have you ever had charges pressed against you?

    The police pressed charges against the man.
    Charges were pressed against the man by the police.

    Note that there is no reason to put many things into the passive. It usually leads to totally unnatural sentences. We would actually ask someone "Have you ever been charged with a crime?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: press charges in a passive voice

    Note the error of logic in your question. Being accused of something does not mean being found guilty. They may have had charges pressed against them but acquitted of any wrong doing.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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